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Meet John Phillips of Associated Crafts/Willet Hauser Architectural Glass in Winona

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Phillips.

In November of 1973, the Willet Hauser hired John Phillips, Sr. as their new territorial studio consultant for the Pittsburgh area. John quickly learned the business and very successfully represented the studio in the western Pennsylvania region. For John, it was a family affair, as he often took his young son along and taught him about stained glass. His son, John Jr., rarely left his father’s side as he learned the stained glass business. John Jr. eventually came to work for his father, and later consulted for other studios and performed contract work for Willet Hauser®. In 1997, he and his wife Mary started their own stained glass studio, Associated Crafts®, which quickly grew to become one of the largest and most respected restoration studios in the nation.

In the fall of 2013, the Hausers decided to retire, and they contacted John Jr. Having known John Phillips Jr. since he was eight years old and having mentored him over the years and watched him grow in the In November of 1973, the Hausers hired John Phillips, Sr. as their new territorial studio consultant for the Pittsburgh area. John quickly learned the business and very successfully represented the studio in the western Pennsylvania region. For John, it was a family affair, as he often took his young son along and taught him about stained glass. His son, John Jr., rarely left his father’s side as he learned the stained glass business. John Jr. eventually came to work for his father, and later consulted for other studios and performed contract work for Willet Hauser®. In 1997, he and his wife Mary started their own stained glass studio, Associated Crafts®, which quickly grew to become one of the largest and most respected restoration studios in the nation.

In the fall of 2013, the Hausers decided to retire, and they contacted John Jr. Having known John Phillips Jr. since he was eight years old and having mentored him over the years and watched him grow in the industry, he fit the criteria.

Today, John and Mary’s children J.W. and Shelby have also joined the business. J.W. serves as VP of Operations and Shelby serves as VP of Human Resources., he fit the criteria.

Has it been a smooth road?
Starting and growing a business is never a smooth road. To be successful, you must work very hard and make many mistakes. Making mistakes is a great opportunity to learn and better your system. Success is about learning from mistakes and never giving up.

Today, our biggest challenge is growing and advancing our team. With low unemployment and fewer people entering the trades finding career mind teammates who want to be successful and work hard.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
A significant part of the history of the stained glass industry in the United States over the past 120 years belongs to Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Inc. while more recently, Associated Crafts® has contributed to industry innovation.

One of the oldest in North America, Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® was formed through the merger of two American stained glass studios: The Willet Stained Glass Studio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Hauser Art Glass Company Inc., located in Winona, Minnesota. When the two united in 1977, they formed one of the largest stained glass studios in the world.

In 2005, the company changed its name to Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Inc. to more accurately reflect the long-term direction of the studio.

In 2014, the company was purchased by another prominent stained glass family, the Phillips, owners of Associated Crafts®. The Phillips has over 40 years experience in innovating in the industry from traditional practices to unique improvements.

Today, the collective company specializes in complete restoration, repair, preservation, conservation and new creations. From window inspection for insurance and historical documentation purposes to restoration and covering for those windows, Associated Crafts®/Willet Hauser® is a full-service provider.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The Phoenix area is a great place to start a business. The state itself is friendly to employers. The growing population creates many opportunities for the service industries. The growing population also is constantly bringing in great talent to feed a growing business.

Our business operates nationwide, however, much of our very talented staff makes the Valley their home.

Contact Info:

  • Website: Www.associatedcrafts.com
  • Phone: 1-800-533-3960
  • Email: info@willethauser.com
  • Facebook: Associated Crafts/Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, Inc

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